Penzey’s

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When my daughters came home through adoption 3 years ago, there was something tangibly missing from their lives thus far.  They had, up until that point, be living in an orphanage.  A "good" orphanage, but an orphanage nonetheless.  Safe,...
  We have an awesome SMB PlayGroup event coming up!!!  We just had to share... Come celebrate Earth Day with Chipotle & Scottsdale Moms Blog!! Bring your kiddo's (and yourself of course) to Cactus Park where we'll play and enjoy a...
With only seven weeks of school to go, my thoughts start to drift to the most important aspect of summer survival: how to escape this heat bubble we call home. We are not so fortunate as to have a...
When my daughter was not yet two, her daycare teacher told us she’d been talking about “Steve Nash and Amar’e” at school one day. Last Summer she requested Take Me Out To the Ball Game as her lullaby every...
One-hundred degree days and the kids out of school are right around the corner. What better way to spend one of those hot days each week than sitting in an air conditioned movie theater eating popcorn and watching a...
Oh my goodness, why is it so hard to force a group of people to do exactly what you want, when you want them to?  If you’re trying to organize your family into a photo session, and there’s more...

Sea Life Arizona

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This past week, my children and I ventured out to the Sea Life Arizona Aquarium. I don't know about you, but my kids are fascinated by animals and how uniquely each one is created.  They loved every moment of...
I don't know about you ladies, but I LOVE the AZ Science Center. Every time a new exhibit comes in I'm eager to find a date on my calendar to view it. But I'm also on a budget.  Museum's and...
Duh, duh, duh.. I fully realize I'm treading in some murky waters with this post but I just couldn't NOT post about one of my very favorite ways to stay sane while being a mommy...the Gym Childcare!!! I know, I know...the...
Reagan and I enrolled in the Parent/Child swim class at McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatics Center this past month.  And... it. was. AWESOME!!!  First off, I didn't realize how much I would enjoy the swim class.  I love watching Reagan experience...
About six weeks into maternity leave with my firstborn, I decided to return to work part-time instead of full-time as we had planned. I was fortunate to have the support of my husband, my family and my employer to...

KIDS EAT FREE

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Did those words just make you sit up a little straighter in your chair? Does the thought of going out to eat (and hence, NOT cooking tonight) make you sing a little song inside, only to have it silenced...

Urban Fishing

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We all LOVE where we live, right?! Big city, great people, lots to do, continuous sunshine- what's missing? For me, not much but for my husband it doesn't typically fulfill the 'great outdoors' category. As a child, I had fond memories...
When I first stepped foot inside BuyBuyBaby to register I felt like I was being consumed by a tidal wave of baby gear...maybe you remember that feeling too. There's such an overwhelming number and range of choices when it...
There is nothing I love more than getting out with the hubby for a date night at a new restaurant.  Aww...just saying that makes me want to arrange a sitter for this weekend so can do that! A month...
It is a rare treat that my hubby and I get to go out on a date.  But, each time we do make it out of the house past dark, we feel giddy...almost like we are doing something wrong......
Not sure if you've had a chance to check out our Galtime.com {Phoenix} weekly posts yet - but it's a MUST. Joy & I have been guest blogging every week for them since the beginning of the year. Here are some...
Drum roll please…..the winner of the January Scottsdale Moms Blog Photo of the Month is Lisa B and two of her boys in San Diego at the beach. Her 4-year old is trying to run from the first wave he's...
New cameras are popular Christmas gifts each year, especially SLRs, and I know some of you are just scratching the surface and getting to know your new toy obsession. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what equipment should...

SMB PlayGroup

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Our SMB PlayGroup is in full swing now.  We've launched our 2011 playgroup with some great activities that we can't wait to tell you about! Our first meeting was just last week at sweet Jenet's home (and by sweet I...
I'm back with another Friday Date Night post!  I know, I know... it's been awhile.  Let's just say between this pregnancy, chasing around our (very) energetic toddler and the holidays, we just haven't gotten a chance to eat at...
Happy New Year!  We're so excited to share our events for 2011 and to keep you up-to-date about events, activities and opportunities to experience the best in the Valley.  Thank you for your ongoing support and for spreading the...

Breakfast with Santa

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Both Joy & I (with girls, hubbies and SMB Winner - Melissa P) were blessed to be able to go to Breakfast with Santa at the Pointe Hilton this past Sunday.  With two nearly 1 1/2 year old girls...
Before kids I thought surely, date nights will be a HUGE priority.  I’d heard it suggested by so many other veteran moms to get out with your hubby.  Sounds great – I thought – we’ll do it! Now as all of you know –...
Dressing for the holidays can be daunting! Here are a few ideas to make your holiday wardrobe season a little more merry and bright. Thanksgiving: Dress for the season with fall colors.  Even if we don't see leaves changing color here...
Before being introduced to Integrative Health Care, I've always been interested in naturopathic medicine and acupuncture.  I take that back - I have been interested (and a little scared) in acupuncture.  So when I was given the opportunity to...
"Just pretend...."  These are words that we hear in our house ALL the time.  We have kids ages 5-9, and they love to put on shows and create elaborate imagination play together.  They drag out the dress-up clothes and...
We are so thankful for our readers and for our continued growth.  Thank you for your support and for continuing to spread the word about Mom Index. This month, take time to be thankful for your friends and family and...
Join me (Steph) and WIN a ticket to the Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar Fall Tweet up Holiday Party (Nov 3; 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm). Think Holiday Cocktails, scrumptious fall food and wine. Comment on our facebook page...
Congratulations to Amanda H. for winning the Create-A-Clip kit from Kensey Lu. For those of you who didn’t win – be sure to check out Kensey Lu today!  The Create-A-Clip Kits are perfect for gifts, birthday parties or craft-time. Thanks to all who entered!!!

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Family Friendly Events (January 2022)

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Happy New Year! Here's hoping 2022 is the best year for all of you! Are there any events that we haven’t covered or do you...

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